Senator Ed McBroom

Senator Ed McBroom State Senator serving Michigan's 38th Senate District. State Sen. Ed McBroom serves the Upper Peninsula’s 38th Senate District and is Caucus Dean.

McBroom chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Oversight committees. McBroom is a fourth-generation dairy farmer, and operates his family’s 100-year-old farm, which in addition to raising Holsteins, also grows corn, wheat, and hay. He previously served a full three terms in the state House of Representatives from 2011-2016. He is active in the community, serving on the U.P. State Fair Authority, as dairy superintendent of the Dickinson County Fair, and Director of the Norway City Band. He also directs music at the First Baptist Church of Norway. McBroom holds bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Social Studies Secondary Education from Northern Michigan University. He and his wife Sarah have five children and they reside in Waucedah.

I am offering a free digital newsletter for U.P. residents providing information on ballot proposals appearing on the No...
10/20/2020

I am offering a free digital newsletter for U.P. residents providing information on ballot proposals appearing on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

The newsletter includes an introductory paragraph and the language of the proposals as they will appear on ballots.

To access the newsletter, visit https://www.senatoredmcbroom.com/publications/ and click the link for Statewide Ballot Proposals.

10/10/2020
My No Vote on SB1108

Senate Bill 1108 sets a dangerous precedent for the sanctity and openness of local governments. Please watch my no-vote explanation below.

10/02/2020

The Michigan Legislature finalized a bipartisan fiscal year 2021 budget last week. The budget is balanced, on time, and increases investments to important priorities like job training, K-12 education, and public safety without raising taxes.

Highlights of the budget for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula include funding to cover a shortfall in retirement funding for the Michigan Works! UPward Talent Agency and flooding disaster relief matching funds. Previous funding, which had been set aside for these issues, was vetoed twice by the governor because of COVID-19 and a disagreement on the administration’s proposal to raise the gas tax by 45 cents.

Houghton and Baraga counties will receive $4 million in matching funds to help the region recover from the Father’s Day 2018 flooding that damaged hundreds of miles of roads and bridges. The state funding is necessary to receive vital federal matching funds.

Funding was restored from the previous veto in the amount of $1.1 million to help cover a shortfall in retirement funding for the Michigan Works! UPward Talent Agency. The agency, which provides services and support to the U.P.’s workforce development system, previously lost its pension funding.

The education budget featured a $65 per student increase in state aid payments for all schools in addition to restoring the $175 per pupil reduction made to balance the FY 2020 budget. It also includes an additional $66 million for growing schools, $37 million for student mental health support and $3 million more for early childhood literacy.

To help kickstart Michigan’s economy, the FY21 budget also includes:

• $26 million for the Going Pro program to support businesses, community colleges and other organizations to help train employees.

• $30 million for Michigan Reconnect, which provides financial assistance for people to complete an associate degree or skills certificate.

• $1.5 million for Graduation Alliance to help adults obtain high school diplomas and placement in career training programs.

• $3.75 million for the Jobs for Michigan Graduates program, which equips young adults with skills to overcome barriers and prevent school dropouts.

With more than 800 abandoned mine sites in the U.P., it is an important safety issue for our local units to be aware of ...
09/25/2020
Mining inspector reforms would provide needed updates for safety | Senator Ed McBroom

With more than 800 abandoned mine sites in the U.P., it is an important safety issue for our local units to be aware of and be able to timely inspect these areas. When the Western U.P. counties shared that they were having difficulty finding eligible individuals to serve because of restrictions in the state law, it seemed appropriate to look at making necessary and reasonable updates.

Read more here —> https://www.senatoredmcbroom.com/mining-inspector-reforms-would-provide-needed-updates-for-safety/

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation recently introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives would update the requirements for individuals to serve as mining inspectors in the state, said sponsors Sen.

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday took testimony from Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan in support of my legi...
09/24/2020

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday took testimony from Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan in support of my legislation that would close the dark store tax loophole.

Senate Bill 26 would close the dark store loophole by revising the way property taxes are assessed on vacant big box stores and by ending the process of placing deed restrictions on closed stores, which is a scheme used to lower a building’s market value.

Read more here —> https://www.senatoredmcbroom.com/mcbroom-u-p-officials-testify-in-support-of-dark-store-bill-against-whitmer-tax-tribunal-appointee/

These reforms are timely to help ensure that today’s needs are better funded, which is why I support this ballot proposa...
09/18/2020
U.P. lawmakers support Natural Resources Trust Fund ballot proposal | Senator Ed McBroom

These reforms are timely to help ensure that today’s needs are better funded, which is why I support this ballot proposal to change the state constitution. We should be focused on taking better care of the attractions and assets we have, including our parks, trails and water access. This proposal will provide needed flexibility while allowing use of the funds for generations to come.

LANSING, Mich. — The Upper Peninsula’s members of the state Legislature on Monday announced their support for a proposal on November’s general election ballot that would reform the Michigan Natural…

09/18/2020
Sunshine Law

Michigan's state government ranks dead last in the United States for transparency and ethics. That's why Senator Moss and I are continuing our efforts to change this, making the executive and legislative branches more open and accountable to the citizens they serve.

09/15/2020
Senator McBroom remembers Frank Egeler

Frank Egeler was a great mentor, friend, and public servant who contributed so much to our lives and state government. He will be deeply missed by many across the Upper Peninsula and state.

State Senator Ed McBroom remembers Frank Egeler during Senate session on September 10, 2020.

The surprise closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility was a loss to the people of Marenisco and Gogebic County. The ...
09/03/2020
McBroom, Markkanen bills would authorize sale of former Ojibway Correctional Facility | Senator Ed McBroom

The surprise closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility was a loss to the people of Marenisco and Gogebic County. The impact of the prison’s closure has been felt deep and wide. In addition to the prison jobs lost, area businesses have lost out on tens of millions of dollars in economic activity through no fault of their own and families have moved away. The ripple effects of the closure are still being felt.

We are still advocating with the state for funding that was promised to help with economic development in the area following the closure. Along those lines, it’s time for the state to sell the property to a private company that will actually work to rebuild, repurpose and reemploy hardworking U.P. residents. Let’s get this done.

—with State Representative Greg Markkanen

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ed McBroom and Rep. Greg Markkanen on Wednesday announced new legislation that would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility, which was hastily shuttered…

08/31/2020

In an effort to improve service for unemployed Michiganders, keep residents’ personal information safe and stop costly fraud, I joined with Sen. Aric Nesbitt and Rep. Matt Hall to call on the Auditor General’s Office to look into how the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) processes claims and handles security and staffing procedures.

Almost 2.5 million people have filed for unemployment since the pandemic and resulting executive orders began, and there have been many instances of UIA claiming citizens had been helped when they were not. Additionally, there is a criminal investigation involving a multi-million dollar fraud case and serious concerns about UIA’s potentially inadequate security protocols.

Oversight is a critical role of the Legislature – especially in times of crisis. I commend my colleagues in both the Senate and House for their work on the joint select committee to hold Gov. Whitmer’s administration and departments accountable to the people who lost their jobs. I am hopeful the Auditor General can look into these matters to ensure Michigan is better prepared for future unemployment emergencies.

During her time on the tribunal, Enyart has established a troubling pattern of devaluing the property of big box stores....
08/22/2020
McBroom concerned over Whitmer appointee with troubling ‘dark store’ past | Senator Ed McBroom

During her time on the tribunal, Enyart has established a troubling pattern of devaluing the property of big box stores. The tax tribunal has accepted faulty reasoning for the property tax of big businesses across Michigan, and not only does it result in an unfair advantage of not paying their share, the revenue reduction puts undue stress on governments trying to supply services like fire protection to their residents.

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ed McBroom on Friday expressed concern over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent reappointment of Victoria Enyart to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. As a member of the Advice and…

Off-road enthusiasts can take advantage of the second Free ORV Weekend of the year on Aug. 15-16. Michigan residents and...
08/12/2020

Off-road enthusiasts can take advantage of the second Free ORV Weekend of the year on Aug. 15-16. Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails, including the state’s five scramble areas, without an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply and the Recreation Passport is required where applicable.

Michigan’s large public ORV trail system covers nearly 3,700 miles of trails and routes through the state. For more information, including ORV trail maps and a link to the Michigan ORV Handbook, visit www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.

07/27/2020

PRESS RELEASE: A bill introduced by Sen. Ed McBroom this week would support private property owners combating shoreline erosion by specifying in the law that a permit is not needed for certain work above the ordinary high-water mark.

“Shoreline issues and concerns have risen along with high water levels in recent months,” said McBroom, R-Waucadeh Township. “Many private property owners in our coastal communities throughout the Upper Peninsula have inquired about what they can do to protect their property and prevent erosion.

“While we appreciate efforts by departments to speed up certain permit reviews, state agencies also need to recognize the times when permits are not required under the law. The last thing property owners need is an overly assertive state government slowing down their work with unnecessary permits that are not needed to solve a very real problem. My bill will ensure bureaucrats stay out of what isn’t their business.”

Senate Bill 1020 would amend existing law to specifically allow dredging, placing sand or soil and constructing seawalls and other shoreline stabilization structures to be done without a permit required by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) if the work is located above the ordinary high-water mark.

McBroom said the bill was borne out of conversations he and his staff have had with constituents who have encountered issues with EGLE exceeding its statutory authority on the matter.

SB 1020 was referred to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality for consideration.

07/23/2020

BIG NEWS FOR THE U.P. ECONOMY —> The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association today announced findings from a site-selection process for a vertical space launch site that has identified a location just north of Marquette.

The two launch sites in Marquette and Oscoda, along with a yet-to-be-identified command and control center, will create more than 2,000 jobs. These sites will be instrumental in creating a space ecosystem in the state that is projected to top 40,000 new jobs by 2025.

The vertical spaceport could bring quality job prospects to the region and highlight Michigan as a center for excellence and innovation. We are very pleased that the U.P.’s many attributes were recognized through the vetting process!

On July 24, testing will take place at the Kingsford High School parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time. The I...
07/18/2020
Dickinson-Iron District Health Department to offer free COVID-19 testing

On July 24, testing will take place at the Kingsford High School parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. central time. The Iron County drive through clinic will take place July 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forest Park School student parking lot.

Dickinson-Iron District Health Department to offer free COVID-19 testing

This “tiny house” was constructed entirely by students at the Copper Country ISD’s Career and Technical Education Center...
07/07/2020

This “tiny house” was constructed entirely by students at the Copper Country ISD’s Career and Technical Education Center. What a great example of practical and employable skills being learned and put to use—skills that could transfer into the trades post-graduation. Let’s give these hardworking and talented students a 👍🏼 for their accomplishment! #SkilledTrades

MORE INFO —> http://www.keweenawreport.com/news/ccisd-prepares-to-sell-student-built-tiny-house/

📸: Keweenaw Report

07/07/2020

The Salvation Army in Hancock has agreed to open as a walk-in cooling shelter during their normal business hours (M-F, 9AM-3PM), especially for elderly residents that don’t have air conditioning. No registration is required. Please pass this on to anyone who might need it.

Masks should be worn and social distancing should be followed. Salvation Army staff has been briefed on best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19 and was provided masks, hand sanitizer and wipes by the county.

Please contact The Salvation Army - Hancock, MI. -Copper Country for more information.

#CopperCountryStrong #YooperStrong

Enjoyed commemorating America’s independence in Bark River today. From my family to yours, happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
07/05/2020

Enjoyed commemorating America’s independence in Bark River today. From my family to yours, happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Had the opportunity to speak with the Michigan Township Association‘s Gogebic County Chapter last night. I appreciated t...
07/03/2020

Had the opportunity to speak with the Michigan Township Association‘s Gogebic County Chapter last night. I appreciated the invite and discussion on state budgeting, revenue sharing, and other relevant topics.

I was honored to participate in a patriotic parade today for the residents of Jacobetti Home For Veterans and Norlite Nu...
07/02/2020

I was honored to participate in a patriotic parade today for the residents of Jacobetti Home For Veterans and Norlite Nursing Center. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, may we remember the tremendous sacrifices made by so many to protect our independence. 🇺🇸

I was driving west in Marquette County today when I spotted this Marquette County Sheriff's deputy changing a stranded m...
07/01/2020

I was driving west in Marquette County today when I spotted this Marquette County Sheriff's deputy changing a stranded motorists’ tire. Thank you to the hard working officers all over the U.P. for continuing to make this someplace special.

REMINDER —> Michigan car insurance reforms go into effect soon! In addition to giving motorists a choice when selecting ...
06/27/2020

REMINDER —> Michigan car insurance reforms go into effect soon! In addition to giving motorists a choice when selecting their level of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, the use of these non-driving factors when setting rates will be outlawed:

❌ Gender
❌ Zip Code
❌ Credit Score
❌ Home Insurance
❌ Occupation
❌ Marital Status
❌ Education Level

Additional major reforms include:

✅ Bringing parity to medical costs paid through auto insurance by implementing a fee schedule

✅ Making the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association more transparent and accountable while cutting the sky-high per-vehicle catastrophic fee

✅ Allowing residents who already have qualified health insurance plans that cover auto-related injuries and those on Medicare to forgo the mandated PIP coverage altogether, ending the unfortunate symptom of people essentially being double charged for medical coverage

COST SAVING MEASURES —> Here are three of the most significant changes coming to Michigan’s car insurance system.
06/25/2020

COST SAVING MEASURES —> Here are three of the most significant changes coming to Michigan’s car insurance system.

06/23/2020

PRESS RELEASE —> A plan announced by the Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday would provide additional investment and guidelines for school districts to safely reopen in the fall.

The “Return to Learn” plan would invest a total of $1.3 billion, including an $800 per-pupil payment to K-12 schools to implement distance learning plans and health and safety measures to return students safely to the classroom, and $80 million to intermediate school districts to assist schools in coordinating and implementing distance learning plans and safety measures. It would also provide teachers with $500 in hazard pay — $53 million total — to help cover costs incurred from transitioning to distance learning in response to COVID-19.

“Finding a way to get students back to school in person as much as possible is important. I support this plan because it will help ensure students continue to receive a quality education in their community with the guidance of their professional teachers,” said McBroom, R-Waucedah Township. “Not only does the plan provide investments for developing and implementing distance learning plans, but it also will support school districts’ health and safety efforts to ensure students have safe places to learn.”

Additionally, the plan would provide resources for local school districts and health departments to work together to develop school health and safety standards that best meet community needs. This may include smaller class sizes, adjustments to instructional hours and busing times, enhancing sanitation procedures, purchasing personal protective equipment, and making building enhancements to improve safety.

“While this plan is in the early stages, my legislative colleagues and I will be working to ensure that Upper Peninsula schools are represented fairly and will be able to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and rural communities,” McBroom said. “We believe that our schools should have flexibility given the fewer cases of COVID-19 in the U.P. compared to the rest of Michigan.”

The plan would also:

✅ Redefine “attendance” to mean “engaged in instruction” rather than “physically present,” allowing schools to be innovative and give students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

✅ Utilize benchmark assessments to provide parents and teachers with details about where a student needs additional help, so they don’t fall behind in the wake of a public health crisis.

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